Winter weather requires its own brand of maintenance that differs from regular maintenance in other months. It's important to check out things like your coolant and tires during these months, and to take extra care to ensure your vehicle performs at its normal capacity during these colder months. Keep reading to find out what you can do to prepare your vehicle for winter.

5 Types of Winter Car Care


Ensure that your battery is in good shape for the winter months, as a bad battery will leave you marooned in the cold if it dies. Having a volt test performed on your battery will give you peace of mind or inform you that you need a new battery.


Keeping your fuel tank at least partially full helps you in the winter for several reasons. First, a full tank will keep water from freezing inside your fuel pump. Second, it could aid you in staying warm by permitting the engine to run if you ever get stuck.


The coolant in your vehicle is very important, as it keeps your engine from freezing in colder weather. Most mechanics advise that vehicle owners put a half and half mix of coolant and water in their radiators.

Tires/Tire Pressure

Winter tires typically stay more flexible during low temperatures, which can supply better traction when you need to stop on cold pavement, even in the absence of snow. Plus, your tires lose up to one pound per square inch of tire pressure with every 10-degree drop in temperature. Your car becomes less predictable when your tires aren't inflated enough, so keeping up with your tire pressure is important.


Tired of scraping ice off your windshield in the morning? Make sure your defroster is in good working order.


We highly recommend everyone keeps some type of survival kit in their vehicle in case of emergency. While this isn't a car care tip as much as a preparation tip, it will make all the difference if you end up stranded. Everyone should consider a survival kit, especially if you do a lot of traveling through rural areas or live in a rural area. Your kit should be stocked with a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket and a cellphone charger.

If you have any questions about caring for your vehicle during the winter or need a service check-up to make sure everything is running properly before the cold sets in, contact us or stop by Spartan Toyota at 5701 S Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, MI 48911. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Lansing, MI, and throughout Williamston and DeWitt.